Instructions to Crochet a Hat for Cancer Patients

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Crocheting a hat for a cancer patient combines an act of service with a love of crafting. Many crafters choose to make hats for cancer patients with leftover balls of yarn from their projects. Local crafting groups often get together and donate a number of hats at the same time. Be careful when selecting yarn to choose soft, itch-free yarns as cancer patients as hair loss can make them very sensitive.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft worsted weight yarn
  • Size J or K crochet hook 
  • Scissors
  • Gauge: 5 double crochet (dc) = 2 inches; 6 rows = 5 inches

Form Ring

Chain and slip stitch (sl st) in first chain to form inner ring.

Step 1: Round 1

Chain 3 and then 11 dc in the ring. Sl st to top of chain 3 and then turn.

Step 2: Round 2

Chain 3 and then 2 dc in each of the dc around the ring to form 24 dc. Join and turn.

Step 3: Round 3- increasing

Chain 3. Dc in next dc and then 2 dc in the following one. Continue this increasing pattern all the way around. 36 dc.

Step 4: Round 4- increasing

Chain 3. Dc in next 2 dc and then 2 dc in the following one. Continue this increasing pattern all the way around. 48 dc.

Step 5: Rounds 5-12

Chain 3 and dc in each dc all the way around the hat.

Step 6: Rounds 13-15

Single crochet in each stitch all the way around the hat.

Step 7: Round 16

Double crochet in each stitch around. Join at the end of the round and end.

Tip

  • For variations, try adding stripes. Any time after round 4 drop the first color and add an alternate color.

    Make hats in a variety of sizes. Cancer patients come in all shapes and sizes, plus different types of hats work better than others at different times of year.

    A number of different organizations accept hat donations to give to hospitals and cancer wards.

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